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Van Meter Visitor Festival Tomorrow

The Third Annual Van Meter Visitor Festival is taking place in Van Meter, Iowa, tomorrow, September 26.

112 years ago, the residents of Van Meter sighted a mysterious flying monster now called the Van Meter Visitor. Here's some of what I said about the creature(s) in my book Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More from Across America:


"112 years ago, the town of Van Meter, Iowa, was the hotspot for sightings of a strange, flying monster. Eventually named the Van Meter Visitor, the creature was described as having large wings, a beak, and a horn on its head that emitted a powerful light."
Van Meter Visitor

Lots of people spotted the creature on top of buildings, climbing a telephone pole, and hopping like a kangaroo. Multiple creatures were seen going in and out of an old mine shaft.

Here's the information for the festival happening tomorrow.



 Third Annual Van Meter Visitor Festival
Where: Downtown Van Meter, Iowa
Date: Saturday, September 26th
Time: 1 pm to 10 pm
Cost: Free - open to all ages
For more information calle (515) 996-2435

Schedule

1 pm - Festival Kickoff:
Swing by the welcome booth and pick up a schedule of events and any other tips on local attractions!

3pm - Monster Hunt Guided Walking Tour
Join researcher Chad Lewis as he leads a downtown walking tour that retraces all the mysterious events of 1903, including stops at the very locations the beast was both seen and shot at - all  in the safety of daylight!

4pm - Chasing Legends Presentation
Pull up a chair and see what Nash Hoover and Catilin Ricker have to say about their time in the paranormal field!

5pm - Monster Hunt Guided Walking Tour
Join researcher Chad Lewis as he leads a downtown walking tour that retraces all the mysterious events of 1903, including stops at the very locations the beast was both seen and shot at - all  in the safety of daylight!

5pm to 7pm - Dinner
Enjoy a monster sized dinner at this fundraiser - Van Meter Fire Department Fundraising Dinner

6pm - How to be a monster hunter
Join Kevin Lee Nelson as he goes over his several decades of experience as a monster hunter!

7 pm - Evening Monster Hunting Walking Tour
Brave the darkness and join researcher Chad Lewis as he leads a downtown walking tour that retraces all the mysterious events of 1903, including stops at the very locations the beast was both seen and shot at -Anyone attacked by the Visitor will receive a free book!

8 pm - The Van Meter Visitor Author's Presentation/Q&A
Researchers Noah Voss and Kevin Nelson talk about how the case was discovered, various explanations, and their thoughts on what happened back in 1903.

9 pm - Evening Monster Walking Tour
Brave the darkness and join researcher Chad Lewis as he leads a downtown walking tour that retraces all the mysterious events of 1903, including stops at the very locations the beast was both seen and shot at -Anyone attacked by the Visitor will receive a free book!

10 pm - Self Guided Dark Tour
Scout out the historic hotspots where the monster has revealed itself to townsfolk during the guided tours from earlier in the day. If tours aren't your thing, grab a copy of The Van Meter Visitor: A True & Mysterious Encounter with the Unknown whose Time Line of Events chapter is a wealth of detailed information from the frightening 1903 encounters! The more people that hand out all day and night with those eyes peeled the better chance we will have another witness to interview in the future!

11 pm - ? - Explore Van Meter
Finish the evening with mysterious visitor conversation at one or both of Van Meter's watering holes!

This sounds like a pretty cool event! If you are around the Van Meter, Iowa area be sure to check it out!
Book on the VMV

You can check out (and maybe buy) the book on the Van Meter Visitor by Chad Lewis, Noah Voss, and Kevin Nelson here.

Another drawing of the VMV


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